The decision was made in December 2019. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has officially announced that 40 teams have been promoted from 32 teams in the Champions League group stage.
This makes it relatively easy for Indian Super League (ISL) clubs to play in the Champions League. It is said that the champion team in the league stage of ISL (Indian Super League) will be able to play directly in the group stage of the Champions League this year.
Thanks to this rule, Mumbai City won the ticket for the Asian Champions League tomorrow.
The popularity may not be as close as in Europe, but on paper the AFC Champions League has equal status in terms of continental excellence.
Top-ranked Mumbai beat Mohun Bagan 2-0 in their last match of the group stage of the ISL yesterday. The Indian branch office of Manchester City – Mumbai City got the ticket to play in the Champions League. List of Indian football champions you can read here.
Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansoor Al Nahyan owns a majority stake in City Football Group, the ‘mother’ of Manchester City in England. He bought a 75 per cent stake in Mumbai City two years ago.
In addition to Manchester City, there are 10 such clubs under the City Football Group all over the world including Melbourne, New York, Mumbai.
Mumbai City are playing under the experienced Spanish coach Sergio Lobera, who is the assistant coach of the Barcelona youth team and the main team. Before the last match of the group stage, Mohun Bagan was 3 points ahead of Mumbai in terms of points.
But in the previous match between the two teams in the league, Mumbai had won 1-0. Because, in that case, even if the points of the two teams are equal, Mumbai will be ahead of Mohun Bagan in the face-off.
Lobero’s goal was scored by Senegalese defender Mortada Fall and Nigerian forward Bartholomew Ogbech. In addition to taking place in the Champions League, they have also taken place in the play-offs of the league as one of the four teams.
Mumbai, which was established in the debut season of ISL in 2014, has played a number of famous European stars. However, almost all of them have finished the best time of their careers and have gathered in the top league of less competitive India than in Europe.
Former Swedish winger Federico Leungberg, a two-time Premier League winner for Arsenal, played as a star player in his first season in Mumbai. In the second season, Mumbai announced the arrival of former French forward Nicolas Anelka, who won the title for Arsenal, Real Madrid and Euro for France.
In 2016, Uruguayan legend Diego Forlan played for the club. Mumbai have also got Champions League winner George Costa as head coach for Porto.
The other three teams to advance to the ISL play-offs are Mohun Bagan (second), Northeast United (third) and Goa (fourth). Mumbai will face Goa in the two-leg semifinals. Mohun Bagan’s opponent is Northeast United. Mumbai are top of the table with 40 points from 20 matches.
“It’s a lot to us,” Lobero said after the win. Because, there will be great excitement in the AFC Champions League next season. After realizing the hope here, I realized that the goal is much higher. Everyone has achieved it through hard work. Get more news on Abdsportstv.com